TOSU, Japan (Sept. 9, 21016) — Bridgestone Corp.'s tire plants in Tosu and Hikone, Japan, have earned General Motors Co. Supplier Quality Excellence Awards for 2015, which are given to facilities that meet a set of GM quality performance criteria.
This is the first time either of these plants has been so honored, Bridgestone said.
“This award is a testament to our great relationship with GM, and the teammates at our Tosu and Hikone plants who are committed to meeting the needs of our customers first and foremost,” said Osamu Iwakuni, plant manager at the Tosu passenger and light truck tire plant.
Representatives of General Motors Japan Ltd. presented Bridgestone with the awards Aug. 18 at a ceremony held at the Tosu plant.
Among those in attendance besides Mr. Iwakuni were: Atsushi Morita, manager, quality assurance section, Hikone plant; Nobuyuki Tamura, director, global original equipment management, Business Model Development Division; Atsushi Morita, uality assurance manager, Hikone plant; and Yasushi Hamada, GM group manager.
Bridgestone said these awards are the sixth and seventh its received thus far from GM for 2015. Other plants so honored include: Wilson, N.C.; Poznań, Poland; Bethune, France; Burgos, Spain; and Santo André, Brazil.
The 46-year-old Tosu plant is rated at 20,750 radial car and light truck tires daily with 609 employees, while the 48-year-old Hikone plant is rated at 52,350 tires a day with 1,476 employees.